Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

This holiday twist to a crowd-favorite is hands down one of my favorite treats!  Some people call them Muddy Buddies, some call it Puppy Chow, but everyone agrees that Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix is a hit.  My version has a cool hit of peppermint and bits of crushed candy cane.  one of the greatest tricks is making candy cane sugar to dust them with. It’s literally pulverized candy canes and it’s delicious!  Don’t be weirded out when you see peppermint and peanut butter together here.  It works.  I promise.  The amount of peanut butter isn’t enough that it competes with the peppermint.  It actually enhances everything and rounds out the flavor profile, while at the same time lending itself to the soft chocolate texture.  Just trust me and go with it.  These might change your life (or if nothing else, your pant size.)

chocolate peppermint chex mix in bowl

Ingredient Notes

  • Candy Canes – As a candy cane connoisseur, I suggest Bob’s or Brach’s (they are owned by the same company now) or even the little round star brite/ starlight mints.  I would avoid Spangler brand for baking in general because the flavor and texture is far inferior. 
  • Candy Cane Sugar – You’ll need a blender or food processor to blend some candy canes with powdered sugar for the coating. This is great on all sorts of things you would use powdered sugar for.  Try making a buttercream frosting with it or my favorite: Peppermint Whipped Cream.
  • Peanut Butter – Smooth, basic peanut butter like JiF or Skippy is going to melt the best and provide the best texture, but any peanut butter will do.  If you have peanut allergies, I’ve been told that Sunbutter works great, or I did experiment with 1/4 cup of coconut oil instead of 1/2 cup peanut butter. While my taste testers all agreed that the PB version tasted better, the coconut oil did work as a replacement. 

How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

  1. First, make the candy cane sugar for coating the Chex mix. Place some powdered sugar in a food processor, and break up a bunch of candy canes in there with it.  This can also be done in a high-powered blender like I’m using.

Pulse that a few times to break up the candy canes, and then on higher speed until it goes from crunchy to smooth. You can tell when it’s done when you open your food processor and you have fluffy white peppermint snow.  It’s soft powdered sugar with little teeny crunchy bits of peppermint.

peppermint sugar
  1. Take a few more candy canes and put them in a ziplock bag Grab a heavy rolling pin, or a mallet, or the bottom of a heavy cup, or anything that can smash stuff.  And smash them.  You don’t need to pulverize them like we did in the food processor.  These little bits are getting tossed in with our cereal mix so you want little bites of peppermint.
  1. Place your Chex cereal in a big (no really, BIG- it will make mixing so much easier) bowl.  I’m showing my crushed candy canes in here, but I actually think it works better if you toss them in after the next step, so you’ll see that reflected in my directions, just FYI.
  1. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a heat-safe bowl.  I know this sounds strange, seeing as we’re using peppermint, but trust me on this one. Melt it until it’s creamy and smooth and immediately add in some peppermint extract, or peppermint oil.
  1. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over the cereal. The chocolate mix may be slightly thick, and seem like it’s not covering everything at first, but just keep stirring and you’ll soon see that all of those cereal pieces has a nice chocolatey coating.
chex and melted chocolate
  1. Once it’s coated well, pour in your prepared candy cane sugar.
Candy Cane Sugar on Chex mix

Quickly toss everything together.  Mix, mix, mix again until it’s all dusted snowy white.

chocolate peppermint chex mix in bowl

Peppermint Chocolate Chex Mix has a creamy smooth chocolate, with cool burst of peppermint, and cute little pieces of red and white candy.  It’s pretty addicting, so consider yourself warned!


  • Can I make this ahead of time? Sure! Feel free to make it a day in advance. Store in an airtight container.

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Peppermint Chocolate Chex Mix

Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

5 from 1 vote
Servings8 -9 Cups


  • Ingredients
  • 8 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips I've been told Sunbutter works great if you need a nut substitute
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons real butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract or peppermint oil to taste
  • 16 standard sized the kind that come in a box candy canes, divided*
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • *As a candy cane connoisseur I suggest Bob's or Brach's (they are owned by the same company now) or even the little round starbrite mints. I would avoid Spangler brand for baking in general because the flavor and texture is far inferior.



  • Place cereal in a large mixing bowl and set aside.  Place 1 cup powdered sugar, and 8 candy canes in a food processor.  Pulse several times to break up candy canes and then process until smooth.  You'll have very tiny bits of candy cane still visible.
  • Place remaining 8 candy canes in a ziplock bag and use a heavy rolling pin, or meat mallet,  to crush them into little bits.  Set aside.
  •  Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with peanut butter and butter.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.  Stir in extract (or oil) and immediately pour over chex mix.  Quickly pour in the crushed candy canes from the ziplock bag over the chocolate and then stir to coat the cereal.  The chocolate mixture might be slightly thick, but keep stirring and it will coat everything.
  • Once the cereal mixture is coated with chocolate, dump in the powdered sugar mix and stir until everything is dusted in white.
  • Eat out of the bowl, or package up for sharing!


Allergy Warning:  I think it's a good reminder, since many of you will be giving this for gifts and sharing at holiday parties, to keep in mind that snacks like this, that don't *appear* to contain peanut butter, can be especially dangerous for those with nut allergies.  Be courteous, and if you are gifting to someone, or are sharing at a party, include a note clearly labeling that it contains peanut butter.
Recipe Change: If you've been around a while, this recipe used to call for Hershey's Mint Chocolate Chips. Since that product is not readily available anymore, I've adjusted the instructions to just call for regular chocolate chips plus extract.  Feel free to adjust extract amount according to your tastes!
Keyword: chocolate peppermint chex mix
Author: Sara Wells
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Questions & Reviews

  1. Can’t wait to make this and sorry to hear about Spangler candy cane not being as good as Bob’s I live in the small town where they are made.

  2. Delicious! My new fave holiday treat. Used Nestle mint & chocolate chips and it worked great. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Yum, yum! I wish I had tastevision because I would love to just grab a handful or three of this. I absolutely love chocolate/mint and this sounds fantastic! Bob’s candy cane is what I grew up with (especially the “giant” peppermint sticks which were at least 2 inches in diameter). We always bought my Dad one for Christmas and he would take a hammer and chip all the kids off some and we couldn’t wait.

  4. What in ‘All things that are Holy’ have you done to me…OHMIGOSH! I might have died a little…

  5. Yum! I have a rice allergy and a nut allergy, so I make my Muddy Buddies with cookie butter and corn chex instead of pb and rice chex. It is DELISH! I just bought some of those mint chips the other day….can’t wait to use them in this!

  6. i wonder if one could substitute regular chocolate chips and some peppermint extract? or maybe with all the peppermint candy, just plain chocolate ones… will have to give it a whirl!

  7. Very tasty! I added about 1/4 cup more powdered sugar, I don’t know if my candy canes were slightly smaller (I used brach’s) but it didn’t come out as powdery as I like with just the candycane/powdered sugar mix.

  8. I saw you posted this recipe on Facebook yesterday and I just HAD to make it last night! My grocery store didnt have mint chocolate chips, so I used some Andies mints instead of the chips. Super good! Thanks for sharing this recipe – I love holiday snacks!

  9. Genius idea breaking up the candy canes in the food processor. I bet these taste wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I’ve decided to make these for a ‘cookie exchange’ but since I’m hosting, I will be taking creative liberties and making these and putting them in baggies. Oh, I’ve heard people refer to Muddy Buddies as White Trash. I don’t know where people come up with these names.

  11. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I love Puppy Chow (sorry lol), and I’m loving all the different versions. I’m really big on mint chocolate too, so I’m betting this will be really good.

  12. I live in your area…where is the best place to find those chocolate chips? I’ve tried several stores today and only found a couple of bags at Fred Meyer.

  13. I saw a similar recipe that called this Reindeer Food. Super cute idea for teachers gifts!

  14. For what it’s worth, I am NOT diggin’ the summary of the blog post in my email updates. Please change your feed back to show the full post. Like the previous commenter, it makes your updates super hard for me to read on the go. I always click on the post title to go to the actual blog post when I am home and at my computer later. I just need to see it in my email when I’m checking my mail on my phone! Thank you 🙂

    1. Kim, I’ll copy what I wrote to the previous commenter, to make sure you see it too! I’m sorry we had to make that change. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people out there and our content is being stolen and redistributed via that feed. The only way to combat that is to truncate it. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you’ll still take the time to make the one click to come over here!

      1. I can understand wanting to protect your content, but I don’t think faithful and honest readers (and consumers–I have all your cookbooks) should be put through this hassle in the hope that it will prevent bad people from acting bad. If you know people are redistributing your stuff, then you need to send those people a takedown request. One thing you could do, which would NOT be an inconvenience to your readers, is to add your watermark to all your pictures, with your URL on it. If your feed is being directly re-published, the pics will go through with everything else. Then readers can see and type in your URL and visit your site. I *always* find the original site when I can see the watermark doesn’t match up with the web site where I’m seeing it.

        1. On my way down to post a comment on this recipe, I ran across your comment and feel the need to respond. I don’t understand how you’re so concerned with one click but obviously have the time to get one here and write a detailed paragraph expressing your negative feelings toward these ladies. This is their “job” and their decisions. I wouldn’t want someone telling me how to do my job and not make a choice that was going to protect my original work. I think all of us “consumers” need to respect that. I give Sara and Kate a pat on the back for having to read these comments and still be positive through the grind! Thanks Sara and Kate for all you do! 🙂

  15. Yum! My daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease so I’m always looking for special gluten free treats she can have, and these should work!

    PS- I subscribe to your blog in my reader, and I just noticed I actually had to click over to your blog to read the entire post. *gasp!* Only the first few lines show up now, where the entire post used to show up on it’s own. This just makes it harder to read when I’m on the go, because clicking over has to load extra things from your page that has other things going on with it. Is it too much to ask to put it back how it was, and let the whole post load in my reader?! Please? 🙂

    1. Kari- I’m sorry we had to make that change. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people out there and our content is being stolen and redistributed via that feed. The only way to combat that is to truncate it. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you’ll still take the time to make the one click to come over here!

  16. I’ve always hated that people call it puppy chow, too. Super gross! It’s always been Muddy Buddies to me.

  17. This is probably going to be way too addictive for my family! True fact: many, many years ago when I worked in the office of a manufacturing plant, I routinely spoke with THE Bob of Bob’s Candy Co., maker of the best peppermint sticks – they were a customer of ours. I am happy to report that he was such a nice, polite, down to earth man. 🙂

    1. Candee- I’m not even kidding when I say I would be more starstruck by meeting THE Bob, than I would be meeting any Hollywood celebrity! I’ve been obsessed with Bob’s since I was a kid, and now that I’m a grown up, I realize it’s for good reason. They really are the BEST candy canes around!

  18. I haven’t tried these yet but we use cashew butter to make Muddy Buddies as we have a peanut allergy. Usually I like the more “fresh” ground butter but for muddy buddies you really do need the more smooth texture for them to turn out right. I have found Jiff cashew butter works really well.

  19. does anyone know how sunbutter or other “non” nut butter would taste in these? We just found out we have a nut allergy—but I love these.

    1. I think Sunbutter should work just fine. I’ve used it in similar recipes for my nut-allergic child. Just make sure to stir it really, really well as it is very prone to separation.

    2. I made these with Sunbutter (as well as dairy-free butter and chocolate chips) and they were delicious!

    1. Sure, that would probably be delish. I mean, I can’t think of how putting Nutella in anything could NOT be good. 🙂

      1. I just made this with Nutella. It’s excellent. I’m not sure if it was the Nutella, or the extra mint extract I used because I forgot to get mint chocolate chips, but my chocolate really seized up, so I added a couple extra tablespoons of melted butter.

  20. These look yummy! Random question–do you guys have a digital kitchen scale you would recommend?

  21. These are TOTALLY my new favorite Muddy Buddy!! I mean, I haven’t tried them yet, but I can already tell. I can taste them through the computer!! Is that weird?

    1. No, not weird at all. I planned it that way and was wondering if anyone would notice. 😉

  22. So, I just bought some of the Jif mint on Saturday and was wondering if there was a recipe to use it in and along comes your post! However I’m not clear, did you use the Jif mint and mint flavor and mint chips??? I love mint but I’m thinking that would be too much. Thanks for the recipe, definitely on my “gifting” list.

    1. No, I didn’t use the minty Jif, I used regular peanut butter and mint flavored chocolate chips. I love the Jif PB on graham crackers (or a spoon! lol)

  23. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I love reading you guys- even when it’s posts about stuff I would never make (I hate chocolate…yeah, I know….crazy). But I just love your voice/tone/style: “These might change your life (or if nothing else, your jean size.)” or “Or for holding the entire bowl in your lap while you watch your favorite dvr’d shows after your kids are in bed.”! Merry Christmas!

  24. I’m so glad you mentioned the puppy chow thing. Seriously ? So gross! I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates it when people call it that…
    I’m super excited to make these! Thanks for another fun recipe! 🙂

  25. I’m allergic to peanuts, so I eat almond butter or sun butter instead of peanut butter. Would either of those work in place of the peanut butter?

    1. I’ve never cooked with those Sharon, but I don’t see any reason why those wouldn’t work.